The Mount Lawley suburb in Perth is named after Sir Arthur Lawley, Governor of Western Australia for a short time at the start of the twentieth century. Mount Lawley Golf Club is actually located in the adjacent modern day district of Inglewood and it’s a long-standing, private club with plenty of old-fashioned charm.
Mount Lawley Golf Club began in the late 1920s when members cleared the original bushland, prepared the ground, planted trees and weeded the fledgling fairways over a two year period – all under the watchful eye of David Anderson, the Royal Perth professional.
Six greens with ten tees were officially opened in 1930 though within six years, the course was expanded to a full 18-hole layout. The two nines were reversed in 1951 and that configuration has remained the same ever since.
An eight year improvement program was completed in time for the hosting of the 2010 Australian Championship. Michael Coate, designer of Araluen and Kennedy Bay, changed all the fairways to Santa Ana couch grass and oversaw the refurbishment of green and bunker complexes.
Tree-lined fairways are routed over a landscape of subtle undulations with golfers playing to generously proportioned greens. One or two holes – like the doglegged 17th for instance – may feel a little tight to first time players but on the whole, Mount Lawley is a lovely parkland track, much-admired by first time visitors.All four par threes are strong but the pick of the quartet is “Commonwealth”, the signature short 145-yard 13th, played from an elevated tee to a green shaped like a map of Australia, where half a dozen bunkers circle the putting surface.
I recently spent a weekend playing the two day Mount Lawley Classic, an awesome tournament on a good golf course. Mount Lawley's layout is the real test, whether it is a well placed tree, the multitude of bunkers or the length of some holes, when you add the Perth wind into the mix you really do have course that is delight to play and a challenge to get round.
The days I played the course was in excellent condition, the fairways were green and lush which is a real challenge in the Perth summer heat. The ball ran nicely and the slight nuances in the layout on the fairways can have two similarly hit balls ending up in very different places. With lots of bunkers on the course being able to use an iron or wedge successfully out of the sand is a bonus, from my experience it was best not to end up in one.
Then you have the greens, most were a decent size and an errant ball could leave you with a 15m plus putt, though not the fastest I have ever played on but still quick enough to pose a test to most golfers. If you can get onto Mount Lawley (it is a Private Club) then I recommend taking the time to see who would win, you or the course!
Mount Lawley is the sleeper of the Western Australian golf scene.This course is fantastic, great fun, great use of natural land, good layout and direction of holes.
The course was presented well when I played and was / is in the midst of an upgrade.
Though I thought the bunkering was good it could always be great and hopefully the same sand used at Cottesloe can be put in here.
Some excellent par 4s here with the 2nd and 7th coming to mind,2nd has a blind landing area plus dogleg and the 7th has a dogleg right with good bunkering surrounding the green. The downhill Par 3s at 13 and 15 are deceiving to say the least with pin positions being tough to get to.
Very welcoming private club.